Workplace diversity in Brazil: there’s still a long way to go

Here, at Great Place to Work Brazil, we’re always encouraging companies to promote diversity in the workplace. A great example of that was our latest GPTW Women Event, which took place on March 8th. Although we were able to identify important advances related to diversity then, there’s still a lot of work to do as well. We are used to commend Brazil for its diverse cultural background. We like to believe that people from all tribes, colors and groups can live together around here. That’s all... Read more →

How Wikimedia Foundation, Coursera and others are building trust, coaching their managers and keeping their employees

When I wrote The Alliance with my co-authors Ben Casnocha and Chris Yeh, we had a vision of transforming the world of work by helping companies and employees understand how to build stronger, longer, more honest relationships with each other. To help others adopt that vision, we co-founded Allied Talent with Chip Joyce, to guide organizations and managers on how to apply the principles defined in our book. Since then, Allied Talent has worked with dozens of companies both in Silicon Valley and around... Read more →

Your most important customer: your employee

Last summer, I was attending a conference where I met an up-and-coming entrepreneur. We got into a conversation about building teams when she began bemoaning a situation she had with one of her reports, where he came to her and said, “I think we need a culture committee.” She encouraged him, “Great! Go make one!” But then she lamented that 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 3 months later, there was no culture committee. With a sigh, she complained that employees always say they want to do things, but,... Read more →

Fixing U.S. Health Care by Thinking Global

RWJF is searching the globe for solutions it can bring back to America Ever since President Obama announced the restoration of diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Cuba, American businesses and organizations have been investigating ways to help bolster Cuba’s economy and infrastructure. At the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) we are also looking at Cuba, but from a different perspective: We believe the U.S. can learn a lot about health care from the island nation. Despite very limited resources,... Read more →

Applications Now Open for 3rd Women Startup Challenge; $50K to be Awarded

Folks, this is a big deal: applications for the 3rd Women Startup Challenge are now open. You have until March 31 at 11:59pm PT to complete your application for the chance to win up to $50,000, among other startup-friendly prizes. You may have already heard, but only 7% of all investor money goes to startups led by women. The thing is, it’s not just the right thing to do because fair is fair, but it makes business sense.  According to studies by the Kauffman Foundation, tech companies led by... Read more →

When Playing It Safe is the Riskiest Career Move

For years we were told “Get a safe job!” That meant “Get a job with a big company where you can stay for years — maybe even until retirement.” There are no ‘safe’ jobs anymore. Big companies lay off thousands of people at the drop of a hat. Small companies get bought and split up. There is no job security anywhere in the world of employment. No company can offer you job security, and even if someone gave you an employment contract, the entity that gave... Read more →

Why Creative People Are Rarely Seen as Leaders

We are in love with the word Eureka, and for a good reason.  Creativity is magic: it’s the ability to create something out of nothing, to make connections that others don’t see. Everyone wants to work for, or invest in, the world’s most creative companies. Especially today. CEOs rank creativity as the most important leadership skill for successful organizations of the future, according to a survey last year by IBM’s Institute for Business Value. Innovation is everyone’s favorite buzzword. Yet, a... Read more →

Personal Capital Crosses $2 Billion In Assets Under Management

What is the first thought that comes to mind when you think about the word “retirement”? If you’re like 51% of US adults – you feel overwhelmed when you think about the amount of money that you need to save. And if you’re like 86% of American adults planning for retirement, you probably aren’t sure how much money you need to save in the first place. In a world where pensions are a thing of the past and the onus of securing a sound retirement falls on the individual, these are grim statistics. But... Read more →

March 10 – 297th 1M/1M Mentoring Roundtable For Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs are invited to the 297th FREE online 1M/1M roundtable mentoring session on Thursday, March 10, 2016, at 8 a.m. PST/11 a.m. EST/9:30 p.m. India IST. If you are a serious entrepreneur, register to “pitch” and sell your business idea. You’ll receive straightforward feedback, advice on next steps, and answers to any of your questions. Others can register to “attend” to watch, learn, and interact through the online chat. You can learn more here and register to pitch or attend... Read more →

What can you do to close the gender gap in your workplace?

If you could make one change in your organization today, what would it be? What if I told you there was a step you could take to increase profit margins, raise your team’s collective intelligence and create a more innovative, fair and equal workplace? What’s the secret? Help more women get the experience and opportunities they need to reach leadership roles. In partnership with the Peterson Institute for International Economics, EY recently undertook a comprehensive study of gender inequality... Read more →
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